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  • Carving on the corner, which corner?

    I used the search function and think I found the answer to my question, at this post, but I’d like to make sure I’m understanding what I read there.

    If I want to carve this 2x2 basswood block on the corner, Would it be best to carve on corners A or C, rather than B or D?

    Thanks, Mike

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  • #2
    I believe so
    Herb

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    • #3
      I've never considered this before, but I would suggest for faces A and C as there would be less tendency for the nose to split off.

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      • #4
        A, C would be my choice, but may not necessarily be the best one...others input?
        Bill
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        • #5
          I thought this was a joke question at first but I certainly see what you mean, Mike. I never thought of it but I'd probably go with A,C also. I'll have to give it a try and see if it makes a difference. I have taken off a nose or two so maybe I was using B,D then.

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          • #6
            Like the others said , I never thought about that , but I have carved on B , D , and liked the way the Grain showed on the Face , in fact some Members noted that they liked the Grain . I don't think strength is an issue but appearance is on the way you want the Grain to show . Just saying . Merle

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            • #7
              Guess I'm the odd man out. But I would make the face on the "d" corner, I think better detail could be gotten than way, anyway that is the way I carve
              . . .JoeB

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              • #8
                Hi Mike

                I am going to through you for a loop, I would carve o n ADB/C ,C being the back, A being the nose
                Hope this works for you
                Bruce

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                • #9
                  For carving a face, I suggest put the nose on C, as that one will have the greatest strength and least tendency to break off. On the other hand, if, as Merle says, the piece of wood has some interesting grain on corners B and D that you would like on the face, then you could carve either of those, carefully... All depends on what you are trying to achieve - there is no best answer that applies to all cases...

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                  • #10
                    Thanks everyone for your comments. I’m probably guilty of overthinking this. I was about to cut that block, corner to corner, this morning and thought it might make a difference how I did it.

                    Well, the SSS (super scientific survey) results are in.
                    4 for the nose on A/C
                    2 for the nose on B/D

                    Thanks all, Mike

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                    • #11
                      for what its worth, the nose would be the D corner as the grain flows away from the front of the face more from that corner than it does B. something i picked up at the stevens point show, from one of the caricature carvers of america class on caricature carving.
                      Denny

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                      • #12
                        It depends, but D is on the outside of the tree. For larger carvings it can be helpful to carve on the D corner because the wood grain will be spaced symmetrically on the face.
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                        • #13
                          I must be doing something wrong, I'd go for D every time. The natural flow of the grain helps shaping the face easier. Works for me, but I could be wrong. A good subject to get the mind going.

                          Bob
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                          • #14
                            i just remembered another thing he showed, that if the curve of the grain isnt centered, perfectly on the corner, then carve the face centered with the curve of the grain , even if its off side from the point of the corner a little bit.
                            his sample he was carving on was like that, and it worked out just fine.
                            Denny

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                            • #15
                              Thanks y’all! It seems the consensus is to carve on the D corner. So I’m going to cut the block through from A - C and put the noses of two carvings on the D and B corners… after I finish my chores.

                              Mike

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